With the launch of the Titan, Nissan joined the full-size pickup truck ranks. Seriously big in size, the Titan competes against domestically built trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and GMC, which have virtually owned the full-size segment for decades.
For 2007, Nissan improved airflow to the Titan's 5.6-liter V-8, resulting in 317 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque, up from last year's 305 hp and 379 pounds-feet. It's also quipped to run on regular or ethanol-based E85 fuel. A new Chrome Package includes unique exterior appointments.
The truck is available in King Cab (extended-cab) and Crew Cab forms and can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive; no V-6 engine or single cab is available. Trim levels include the base XE, SE and top-of-the-line LE.
Wide front fenders and blistered cargo-box sides help convey the sensation of immensity. At 224.2 inches long overall with a 6.5-foot cargo bed, the Titan King Cab is 5.6 inches shorter than an equivalent extended-cab Ford F-150.
The King Cab's rear doors open nearly 180 degrees for easy access. A factory-applied spray-in bedliner is offered on upper-end trim levels. Nissan's available Utili-track bed channel system uses C-channel rails on the cargo-box floor, side rails and front panel. A lockable bedside compartment, tailgate illumination and a bed-mounted 12-volt power outlet are included.
Titan XEs have 17-inch tires, but aluminum wheels on other models hold 18-inch tires. Chrome 18-inchers are available with the Chrome Package, which also includes fog lights, a spray-in bedliner, and chrome step rails and side mirrors. An optional offroad package includes a lower-ratio rear axle, a driver-selectable locking rear differential, Rancho shock absorbers and skid plates.
Buyers can choose from two King Cab interior layouts. A front bench seat provides three-across seating, and a column-mounted gearshift is used. Titans with bucket seats get a large console and a gated gearshift.
In King Cab form, the base Titan XE comes with air conditioning and a CD stereo. Move to the other end, and a loaded Titan LE Crew Cab comes with power front bucket seats, leather upholstery, a 350-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system and dual-zone automatic climate control. A moonroof is optional on Crew Cab models.
Under the Hood
The Titan's 5.6-liter V-8 produces 317 hp and 385 pounds-feet of torque; it teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. The Titan can tow as much as 9,500 pounds when properly equipped. Optional part-time shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive uses an electronically controlled dual-range transfer case.
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard. Front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags are optional.